New York

The English Eye

Marlborough-Gerson Gallery

The left eye seems to be winking at the young’uns while the right eye, reserved for the veterans, is gray and cataracted. The birth dates that succeed each artist’s name in this review of “The English Eye” at the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, are put there to demonstrate something that daily grows more evident—just how good the kids are and how dull the old timers. Not that this situation is absolute or irrevocable. There is some pretty wretched kid-stuff, and the kids themselves will doubtless be supplanted by a next generation (cold comfort). Naturally there are figures who span the years, whose recent work appears as creditable as more youthful undertakings, but they are few. “The English Eye,” more than any recent exhibition of contemporary English art, illuminates the great rift between generations (that we too are experiencing). In terms of quality the pediatric is pitted squarely

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